Chemical exposure is dangerous and can cause a lot of health problems. Chemicals are found in almost every product from toys to make-up. The dangerous chemicals are called endocrine disruptors because they disrupt hormones and this can lead to other behavioral and neurological disorders.
Daily chemical exposure can cause autism and hyperactivity disorder in children. These chemicals can even cause cancer if people are being exposed too much.
The problem is that nobody is really sure which products contain these disruptors and which not and they don’t know how to replace these products. People can’t simply throw away half of the products in their homes because they may be exposed to chemicals.
These chemicals can also have an influence on how the body responds to calories and how it processes them. This could lead to diabetes and obesity and then to other illnesses caused by diabetes and obesity. This is a circle that never stops.
A new study showed that health care costs tied to chemical exposure are up to $340 billion each year. This might not be the whole cost because researchers calculated only 5% of known chemicals.
“And we only added up costs that were published in peer-reviewed literature documenting the effects of these diseases on health care and other related costs,” said one of the researchers. “Often we were not able to include some of the emotional welfare loss. “
Researchers have good news too. Despite the fact that these chemicals are everywhere there are also products that can replace them. Researchers found several ways in which people can limit chemical exposure to the minimum.
People were advised to eat organic and to avoid pesticides because they have a lot of chemicals. People should not microwave plastic and stop eating from aluminum cans. Plastic bottles should also be avoided because they can contain chemicals as well.
The experts that conducted this study took the idea from another similar study made in Europe. They discovered that in Europe the costs were lower because there are several regulations for chemicals. Researchers wanted to raise awareness and to show that some regulations should be implemented in the U.S too.
It is important to be aware of what can harm us and to try to avoid these products as well as we can. Chemical exposure is a serious matter that should be taken into consideration.
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